Suffolk swimmers take the plunge with no wetsuit race to island

Richard Pearce

Richard Pearce, senior service advisor at Cecil & Larter, the Seat / Volvo dealership in Bury St Edmunds, is part of a team called the ‘Six Scilly Swimmers’ - who in two weeks’ time are going to embark on an epic Atlantic coast swimming challenge. - Credit: Richard Pearce

Suffolk swimmers are taking the plunge by racing to an island off the coast of Cornwall. 

Using no wetsuits and rocking up with some speedos and swimsuits, the Six Scilly Swimmers will embark on an Atlantic coast swimming challenge.

Top L to R: Cathy Freeman, Richard Pearce, Sam Jones. Bottom L to R: George Maguire, Megan Sanders, Mark Ransom.

Top L to R: Cathy Freeman, Richard Pearce, Sam Jones. Bottom L to R: George Maguire, Megan Sanders, Mark Ransom. - Credit: Six Scilly Swimmers

The group, made up of Cathy Freeman, Richard Pearce, Sam Jones, George Maguire, Megan Sanders, and Mark Ransom, is swimming to the Isles of Scilly to raise money for the RNLI, which provides critical search and rescue services to save lives at sea. 

Mr Pearce, senior service advisor at the Seat and Volvo dealership, Cecil & Larter, in Bury St Edmunds, has had a long history of open water swimming. 

"A challenge like this requires a huge amount of training and preparation and along the way we will inevitably be dealing with hypothermia, jellyfish stings, injury and worst of all - self doubt," he said. "But we aim to pull together as a team and deal with whatever is thrown at us and ultimately land successfully in the Scilly Isles."

Four of the Six Scilly Swimmers

Four of the Six Scilly Swimmers - Credit: Six Scilly Swimmers


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At the moment most of the swimmers, bar Sam Jones and Cathy Freeman, who live outside Suffolk, are training at Felixstowe to get ready for the swim. 

Scilly Swimmers hope to get to their £2,000 project target to the RNLI.

To donate go here.

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